Discovering "Dallas"

While the availability of Windows Azure and the announcement of Silverlight 4 were certainly highlights of PDC 09, I was especially intrigued by the introduction of “Dallas,” the code name for Microsoft’s Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering. So after the relatives had left and my turkey coma had subsided, I thought I’d give “Dallas” a whirl this…

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Isn’t That Spatial: Dec 2nd

No, Church Lady won’t be there, but a lot of folks interested in location-aware application development and analysis will be. O’Reilly and sponsors The Open Planning Project (TOPP) and PlaceBlogger are holding an Ignite event with a special … er, spatial twist.  Speakers get five minutes with 20 slides – set to automatically transition after…

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SharePoint 2010 Experience: Dec 2nd and 3rd

One of the highlights at PDC 09 was the availability of the SharePoint 2010 Beta.  Coming on the heels of that announcement is a great opportunity for the SharePoint community in the greater Boston area. Microsoft is a Platinum Sponsor of the upcoming Gilbane Boston Conference at the Westin Copley in Boston on December 2nd…

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Bring a Friend, Get a Book

As you know, Chris and I are in the middle of our Fall/Winter 2009 Northeast Roadshow, with four more stops scheduled for early December: December 3 – Farmington, CT December 8 – Waltham, MA December 9 – Providence, RI December 15 – Augusta, ME Now there’s even more incentive to attend!  In addition to the…

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Azure IT PAC Tour

One of the more popular exhibits on the Big Room floor at PDC 09 was the Azure IT PAC (Pre-assembled Container).  The IT PAC is the unit of deployment within Azure Data Centers, such as those in San Antonio and Chicago now, and those planning to open in 2010 in Dublin, Amsterdam, Singapore and Hong…

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PDC: Pretty Darn Cool!

I got back from PDC yesterday and have managed to (mostly) make up for my sleep deficit.  Undoubtedly you’ve heard by now some of the major announcements at the conference (including the free multi-touch laptop that all the paying attendees received!): Silverlight 4 Windows Azure availability “Dallas” Office 2010 Beta If you haven’t already, be…

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Northeast Roadshow: 3 Down, 4 to Go

Thanks to the folks in Burlington, Vermont, and Troy and Rochester, New York, for coming to the latest edition of the Northeast Roadshow last week.  Given the timing (PDC this week and the Thanksgiving holiday next week), Chris and I are on a short break before we resume the series on December 3rd.  There’s still…

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NEW! Boston Business Intelligence User Group

I have yet another new user group to announce!  The Boston Business Intelligence User Group – starts meeting TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 17th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Microsoft Office on Jones Road in Waltham.  Thanks go out to Slava Kokaev, a familiar face in the local developer and BI community, for the initiative to establish…

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PHP Elite Web Optimization Event – Dec. 9th

Microsoft and NaviSite are co-hosting a free event at the New England Research and Development (NERD) Center in Cambridge on December 9th, from 10 to 6. During the day, you’ll get to hear about what’s new in the Microsoft Web Platform, including IIS, PHP on Windows,  the Web Platform Installer, and development and design tools…

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Not at PDC?

I’m waiting for my last load in the dryer, so I can finish packing for my first PDC, in Los Angeles beginning tomorrow.  If you’re going to be there as well, hopefully we’ll catch each other among the other thousands of folks that will be there taking part in the workshops, 160+ technical sessions, Birds…

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